Monday, October 27, 2014

I should have known I can't stay away...

If you've been asking me lately if I'd join in with NaNoWriMo this year, the answer was a most emphatic no.

But here's the thing. 

As I mentioned before, I kicked back from really writing anything this month. 

Which means my muse is now kicking my butt. I really really want to write again. And since it's a few days from NaNo, I might as well sign up. 

Now, I'm not stupid. I know that the odds of me winning is next to nothing. But that hardly matters. It's the writing that's the thing for me. So that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to try and write every day, and then just see how far I get. 

Because really, there's one more rough draft I really want to finish this year. NaNo might just be what I need to get it done. 

Anyone else joining NaNo against their better instincts? 

Before I go, I just want to give a shout-out to my blogging buddy C.D. Coffelt: 


Mage Revealed

Book Two of The Magic Withheld series

Struck with enough malevolent Spirit to turn him into a raving beast of a man, Bert Reese fights to remain human. Alone, he walks a slender path between sanity and madness. Then, an unlikely source enters his life to help—one of the now-hated mages.

But Ashleigh is different and calms his butchered senses. Her fierce nature is the only rock that stands between him and the crevasse that is beast. In all ways, she walks beside him toward a new beginning. But at the end of their journey lies the one who used Spirit against him. Questions arise; did Tiarra, head of the Imperium, lose her magic, die, or simply give way to the new order? Or, like a spider, does she wait for a mage to blunder into her web?

Forced on him without a care for his humanity, Bert is the mage who should not exist, born with a different kind of magic. 

And the gates of Hell are no match for the magic he wields.

Author C.D. Coffelt’s world of magic started in Wilder Mage with the words “The earthquake wasn’t his fault. Not this time.” It continues in Mage Revealed, the second book of the three-part series. Watch the book trailer on YouTube.

Excerpt from Mage Revealed

Energy slithered around him, encased him and…

Bonded.

All the elements slammed into him at once filling him like a bursting dam, sloshing into a maelstrom of Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and Spirit. Magic filled him, cascaded into every pore of his skin until there was nothing left that was of his essence.

He raised his arms. “I am a wizard,” he said.

His words echoed, like the roll of a bass drum in an empty coliseum.

From his fingertips, fluid lightning forked and shot into the empty sky. A violent whirlwind as tall as he wanted it to be caught up a whirl of leaves. A roar of Fire sprang from the palms of his hands, crowned his head. And Spirit, the silvery element waited for his command, to charge into any foray he so chose.

He turned to the panting women, frozen in the grip of panic and fright.

“I am a wizard,” he said again.

C.D. Coffelt lives outside Skidmore, Missouri with a bemused husband and way too many cats. She is a member of the Missouri Writers Guild. But despite that bit of conventionality, she adores all things fantasy with a special love for urban and epic.

With a passion for good writing and Doritos as companions, locating Middle-Earth on a dusty road in rural Missouri wasn’t difficult. All it took was a little Magic, hours of reading, and an overactive imagination.

She blogs as Huntress on www.spiritcalled.blogspot.com, Facebook, Twitter, and her writer’s critique site, www.unicornbell.blogspot.com.

Find her books at Amazon and Barnesand Noble.

32 comments:

  1. What matters is it kicks you back into writing!
    Congratulations to Carol.

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  2. I just signed up, too, though I haven't finished my outline and I have edits to work on next month, too. It can be inspiring to take part when there's so much encouragement from other writers!

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    1. That's what keeps drawing me back in too. :-D

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  3. You're sure not to win if you don't try, right? So now you're at least in the running. Good luck.

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  4. Congrats to Carol! Maybe I should sign up for NaNo, too, since I lost chapters 28 through 60.

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    1. Maybe it's not a bad idea. Might just be the kick in the pants you need to get those chapters written again.

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  5. Yay! I just decided to do it recently, too. It's silly not to, really. We should totally be writing buddies. I'm CoquilleFleur. I'm working on a sequel to Pot and Prejudice that I'm already about 29,000 words into.

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    1. Added you. My user name is iceangel. I'm also working on all my unfinished rough drafts. Want to see if I can finish any more of them.

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  6. I'm Nano-ing, and I couldn't be more excited about it.

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  7. Interesting! I think it'd be cool to be able to control things like lightning and fire, though that would be scary too. And good for you for doing NaNoWriMo. I've always wanted to do it, but it's just not possible for me, especially this year, due to health problems and other work. But I'll be cheering you and everyone else on from the sidelines. :)

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    1. Sorry that you have health problems.

      Honestly, with my work load, I have no idea if I'm going to pull this off. Oh well, the fun is in the trying.

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  8. Nooooooooo! I have been emphatic as week that I would not nano for the fourth year in a row...now I am scared!!!

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    1. Hahaha yeah so was I. But the muse wants what the muse wants. :-D

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  9. NaNoWriMo isn't for me so I won't be signing up. I think it works for some, if for nothing else than as a motivational tool.

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    1. Yep, it's not for everyone. I enjoy it, though. Even if I only join in from a distance. :-)

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  10. Congratulations to C.D. Coffelt. You are so brave to do NaNo. I have never had the guts. I don't do well under pressure anymore. Hope you enjoy it. Wishing you the best with your writing.

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    1. It's not really about being brave. It's actually about having fun for me. :-)

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  11. Yay for CD! :) I really wanted to do NaNoWriMo, but I lose two weeks of next month to family visits. That would leave me with only two weeks, and that's not nearly enough time. But I'm cheering on all my NaNo buddies.

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    1. Oooh yeaaaaah, that's not a lot of time.

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  12. Yes, I am doing NaNo this year, as I do every year, even though I feel a bit guilty that I didn't get more revision of existing projects done first. ;) Oh well, another rough draft on the list can't hurt! :P

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    1. Hahaha yeah same here, but I'll just see what I can get done of everything.

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  13. I'm sure you'll do fine with NaNo Misha. Good luck.

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  14. NaNo helped me finish Mage Revealed. But I had to do a bunch of editing after. A lot of it just didn't make sense when I re-read the passages. But by golly, I did get 30 K words done using NaNo.

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    1. And thank you thank you for the shout out! I really appreciate any and all help.

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  15. Cool excerpt, congrats to CD!

    . . . And best of luck to you with NaNo. I didn't join since I have a swamped November but maybe next year. Have fun above all!! :D

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  16. Against my better instincts is right! Still, it's hard to resist NaNo, especially with so many ideas in my head. And drafting with pen and paper is fun!

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  17. Best of luck with winning! YOU CAN DO IT!!! *cheer*

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